A set of reference books.
- Reference is defined as a mention of a situation.
An example of reference is the mention of a person's religion to another.
- The definition of a reference is someone who will give a recommendation for a position on behalf of another.
An example of reference is a professor who will write a letter recommending a student for an internship.
- Reference means someone or something which is a source of information about a subject.
An example of reference is an encyclopedia.
- a referring or being referred; esp., submission of a problem, dispute, etc. to a person, committee, or authority for settlement
- the directing of attention to a person or thing
- a mention or allusion
- an indication, as in a book or article, of some other work or passage to be consulted
- the work or passage so indicated
- the mark or sign, as a number, letter, or symbol, directing the reader to a footnote, etc.in full reference mark
- the giving of the name of another person who can offer information or recommendation
- the person so indicated
- a written statement of character, qualification, or ability, as of someone seeking a position; testimonial
- use or consultation to get information, as an aid in research, etc.
- a book, etc. used for reference
- something by which other things are indicated or positioned, against which other things are measured or compared, etc.: often used attributively: let that tree be our reference point as we plan the rest of the landscaping
transitive verb-·enced, -·enc·ing
in reference to
make reference to
- The act of referring to something: filed away the article for future reference.
- a. Significance for a specified matter; relation or relationship: Her speeches have special reference to environmental policy.b. Meaning or denotation: The reference of the word “lion” is to a kind of wild cat.
- A mention of an occurrence or situation: made frequent references to her promotion.
- a. A note in a publication referring the reader to another passage or source.b. The passage or source so referred to.c. A work frequently used as a source.d. A mark or footnote used to direct a reader elsewhere for additional information.
- Law a. Submission of a case to a referee.b. Legal proceedings conducted before or by a referee.
- a. A person who is in a position to recommend another or to vouch for his or her fitness, as for a job.b. A statement about a person's qualifications, character, and dependability.
transitive verbref·er·enced, ref·er·enc·ing, ref·er·ences
- To supply (a text) with references: The author hadn't adequately referenced the third chapter, so the copyeditor suggested adding more citations. This article is thoroughly referenced with up-to-date sources.
- a. To cite as a reference: The monograph doesn't reference any peer-reviewed articles.b. Usage Problem To mention or allude to: The comedian's monologue referenced many Hollywood stars.
Usage Note: Though originally a noun, reference is often used as a transitive verb meaning “to supply (a book, article, or other work) with references.” People also use the verb to mean “To cite as a reference” or simply “To mention or allude to.” Though some traditionalists oppose these latter two uses of reference, the usage is most widely accepted when the context involves actual citing of sources. For instance, in our 2013 survey, fully 70 percent of the Usage Panel found The paper references several articles on global warming at least somewhat acceptable, while only 37 percent accepted the sentence During the press conference, the mayor referenced the recent floods.
- A relationship or relation (to something).
- A measurement one can compare to.
- Information about a person, provided by someone (a referee) with whom they are well acquainted
- A reference work.
- (semantics) A relation between objects in which one object designates, or acts as a means by which to connect to or link to, another object.
- (academic writing) A short written identification of a previously published work which is used as a source for a text.
- (academic writing) A previously published written work thus indicated; a source.
- (programming) An object containing information which refers to data stored elsewhere, as opposed to containing the data itself.
- (programming, character entity) A special sequence used to represent complex characters in a web page such as â„¢ or â‚¬.
(third-person singular simple present references, present participle referencing, simple past and past participle referenced)
- Some authorities object to the use of reference as a verb, preferring "refer to" or "cite".
From refer +"Ž -ence.